Let's go Back Home - Frugal chicos journal

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Post by Frugalchicos » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:15 pm

Achievements:
- Hit the highest saving rate, 79.62%, I got paid 3 times and we made $747 selling crap on eBay and Craigslist.
- We decluttered like crazy, and continue doing it. Pretty much everything we own is on sale. We even sold Chica's wedding dress. :lol: - Our philosophy is that whatever we don't need/use and don't want to take with us to Spain, has to go.

Goals:
- Get Chica pregnant
- Keep miscellanious at less than $650.
- Spend less than $350 in groceries
- Enjoy our parents visits in town.
- I started to go for walks right after I get home from work. It helps to clear up the mind and I want to continue doing it.
- Gain some weight/strength. I noticed I have been pretty lean lately, lost some weight and I feel less strong and exhausted pretty quickly at the gym. I need to eat more and recover my strength.
- Continue selling stuff. All the good items have been sold already, but there is still 33 items active on eBay and 2 more things on Craigslist.
- At this point I feel a lot of things must happen for us to achieve the 350K by the end of the year. However, I feel we are working hard towards our goal and things will fall on place sooner or later.
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Post by prognastat » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:28 pm

Good job on both the savings rate and making good progress to declutter. It'll make moving so much easier. Keep up the good work.

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Post by jacob » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:06 pm

It's quite a feat to juggle 33+ listing on eBay, so I'm impressed with your dealings. I try to aim for 10, so if something sells, it means I have to find something else to list. It's a given that you'll eventually end up with a bunch of dross that won't move even if the price drops to $0.01 (try auction style and be prepared to be disappointed first) because shipping exceeds the value of the stuff.

One way to speed things up or get rid of the dross is to assign a part of your home for "things to do" and lay them out in a presentable style. Then when someone from craigslist comes over, mention that you're moving and that you also have this other stuff you're selling. Some deals can be made right there. This works for household stuff, even dinner plates or bottles of dish-detergent---a half-empty tube of toothpaste might be stretching it though.

PS: To drop your grocery bill, just start shopping out here instead. Price differentials are high enough to experience some reverse sticker shock.

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Post by Jason » Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:48 pm

Frugalchicos wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:15 pm
- At this point I feel a lot of things must happen for us to achieve the 350K by the end of the year. However, I feel we are working hard towards our goal and things will fall on place sooner or later.
I feel you on the strictly quantitative goal shortfall. But you've obviously made tremendous progress and you and Chica seem like an unstoppable 53 foot trailer barreling down the ERE highway. I don't know what it was exactly for you. For me, like many, Mr. Market decided enough of this shit and took this year's gains and hit the fucking town hard.

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Post by Frugalchicos » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:14 pm

@prognastat

Thanks for the comment buddy

@Jacob
Yep, I can tell few of the items among those 33 (mostly books) wont sell. What it is fine, I would just donate them. However, we were able to sell 36 of the other items we posted :) - You are right about the Craigslist strategy. I always send pictures of other items to buyers who are coming to pick up stuff, and it always works.

In regards to groceries, I checked prices around where I work (Southside Chicago) and some things like veggies and fruit can be cheaper than Aldi. But for the average weekly grocery list, Aldi is the winner and more convenient (just about 1/2 mile from home).

@Jason

Yep, Mr. Market hit us and slowed our progress. However, we will keep doing what we are doing!

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